My wife and I had a Discovery dive with Alex. We have snorkeled multiple times, but never scuba dived. As advertised, Alex took care of everything. Just show up in you bathing suit, and you are ready to go. He responded to pre-trip questions promptly, picked us up on time (actually, he was early), and had all the gear ready for us. We joined some other dive teams on the trip, just off the coast from Waikiki/Honolulu. Beautiful boat ride on its own. From the moment we got in the van, Alex ran through the basics and his two simple rules. He specifically keeps it simple to prevent any confusion. He was very patient, and walked us through every step. Fortunately, we had no problems diving and successfully made two dives, about 30 minutes each, and down to about 35 ft. Swam with the sea turtles, saw some fish, and maybe some sharks hiding under a rock. The water was a little murky during our dive, but obviously out of Alex's control. Alex takes pictures that are available for download after the dive, though he had some camera problems during our first dive (so no pics with the turtles). My advice for the men looking to dive for the first time, shave any lip facial hair so the mask makes a good seal. I give this 4 stars (I wish 4.5 was an option) because Alex was admittedly having an off day and perhaps should have passed us on to one of his colleagues. Regardless, I still highly recommend this experience and look forward to diving with Alex again on my next trip to Hawaii. His off day was still a very good day.
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